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True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Though it may be difficult for people who aren't business leaders to immediately see the value of the group, they will feel inspired once they do, and after they've bought into the True North message, they can use this helpful book to start their own. - Publishers Weekly
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For years, Harvard Business School professor Bill George ("True North") and corporate executive Doug Baker have been running True North groups. These groups help executives and leaders maintain their personal integrity and ethical compass by allowing them to periodically open up to fellow leaders in a safe environment. Participants share personal challenges, discuss strategies, and provide a support network for each other. Here, the authors provide a step-by-step guide for why one should start a True North group and how to do so. In addition, they discuss the importance of setting ground rules and norms, and offer suggestions for how to get through the bonding process during the first few meetings. This frank assessment of what their groups offer and how they must be structured lends the process credence, but readers who have never heard of True North groups will need to catch up very quickly to gain useful insights. Though it may be difficult for peo
About the Author
Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic Inc. He is the author of Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis.
Doug Baker is president of the True North Groups Institute and former senior vice president for Human Resources of American Express Financial Advisors.
Foreword author Richard Leider is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 5 most respected executive coaches and by Linkage as one of the Top 50 executive coaches in America. He is the author of the bestsellers The Power of Purpose and Repacking Your Bags.
Top Customer Reviews
Personal and Leadership Development
by Bill George and Doug Baker is about
forming cohesive small groups to support
us during challenging times. Small group
membership requires a willingness to
challenge life's assumptions, comfort
with self-reflection, the ability to
listen and the sustained ability to
commit time to a common effort.
Ideal candidates have a sense of humor
about life, they like small group interaction
and are good listeners , as well as
Individual small groups possess common norms.
Examples of these norms are openness, trust,
respecting uniqueness, empathy, withholding
judgment, providing constructive suggestions
and attendance. Barriers to group cohesiveness
are lack of member commitment, absence of
suitable boundaries, dominating behaviors,
lack of sharing and the violation of group
High performing groups usually have good attendance,
high levels of trust, adherence to explicit norms,
meaningful discussion topics, regular retreats or
meetings and a periodic group assessment. On occasion,
groups struggle for reform for a variety of reasons.
i.e. new blood is needed, people quit,the group
segments into one or more splinter subgroups.
Early in the life of a True North Group ,
members may meet to build intimacy and trust.
Each may discuss early life experiences,
obstacles in life, self-awareness issues,
values, passions, motivations, talents
and personal relationships.
Bill George and Doug Baker have established a
True North Groups Institute to support individual
True North Group efforts.Read more ›
There is something so powerful about the tools Bill George & Doug Baker have created, through these books, to help you share your life and leadership with one another - that is truly remarkable.
Never before had I seen such a diverse group of tools, combined together, to help you examine your own life, leadership, values, goals and past experience.
I had been fortunate enough to do deep work, at different times in my life, in each of these areas but was obviously much more impactful when it was combined together into one common and shared experience.
As a result - I couldn't recommend this new book more highly and am in the process of using it right now myself - to start my own group (with great friends and a couple of key people I have been hoping to get closer to for a long time now).
Bill Wiersma --Author, The Big AHA and The Power of Professionalism (2011)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used this book as a guide in a small group. Worked well with a variety of personalities. Now reusing the book for another small group.Published 10 months ago by Mimma
This book is set up to help you get started. A great guide for a group to use to start moving forward.Published on January 9, 2014 by Jim and Teri Johnson
I thought it was going to be a book about how to lead general groups, but it's actually about this specific type of group and it wasn't applicable at all to my work or school... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by SD
True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development is a remarkable book that presents a simple, well-tested method for establishing member-run, open-ended,... Read morePublished on October 6, 2011 by Wade Hudson